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  • Rings

    Rings

    ★½

    When Rings (2017) opened with a standalone scene on an airplane completely unrelated to the rest of the plot, I had a bad feeling. Unfortunately that feeling came true and the film proceeded to try a dozen different ideas without fulfilling any but the most mediocre.

    Rings is the third film in the American series which started with Ring, based on the Japanese Ringu. Rings is the story of Julia who becomes worried about her suddenly distant boyfriend and head…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    It's not often I find myself, as the credits roll, wondering why I never saw a film when it was released. Whiplash falls harder under that category than anything I have seen before. A relentless torment of emotion and jazz, this is a film that will light you up from head to toe and make you want to run out of whatever room you're viewing it in and pursue your passions.

    Whiplash is the story of a music student, played…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, taking place shortly before A New Hope, when a plot is hatched to steal the Death Star plans that Princess Leia receives in the opening of the original film.

    Despite being announced as a standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One feels as connected to the series as The Force Awakens, and it was definitely meant to be that way, considering just how tightly it ties…

  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    ★★★½

    The Girl on the Train surprised me. Without any prior knowledge, save for a few poorly edited trailers, I expected to sit through a mediocre thriller and what I actually got was a deeply tragic character-driven story. The Girl on the Train is full of broken people, each with their own damaged past and mistakes and problems and emotions, and it knows how to show you. It does sometimes push too hard, putting too much effort into making you feel…